Have you been pulled over by police and found to be driving with a suspended or expired licence? Maybe you didn’t receive the correct documentation in the post and were therefore unaware of the situation. Or you got your disqualification period mixed up and thought you were able to legally drive again.

Regardless of how you came to be driving without a license, GC Traffic Lawyers can help you deal with the fallout of being charged with this type of traffic infringement.

What is unlicensed driving?

Unlicensed driving refers to any situation where a motorist gets caught operating a vehicle without a valid licence. From honest mistakes relating to expired licences to more serious charges involving disqualified drivers, unlicensed driving can cover a range of different circumstances and traffic offences.

There are several reasons why your licence may be deemed invalid, including:

  • You’ve failed to renew your licence before the expiration date
  • Your licence has been cancelled because you’ve been deemed medically unfit to drive
  • You didn’t have the class of licence for the vehicle you were driving (for example, you must hold a heavy vehicle licence to legally drive a semitrailer)
  • You’ve never held a licence
  • Your licence has been suspended due to an accumulation of demerit points
  • Your licence has been suspended because of a drink driving or drug driving charge
  • You failed to renew your licence after completing a lengthy suspension period.

If you get caught behind the wheel of a car after your licence has been disqualified for any of the above reasons, you may face serious consequences.

Unlicensed driving penalties

Even if you had no idea your licence was invalid, the penalties for unlicensed driving can be severe. Depending on the circumstances of your case and your reasons for not holding a valid licence, you could face the following penalties:

  • A fine – The maximum fine amount for unlicensed driving can vary depending on the reason for your licence disqualification.
  • An extended licence suspension – If your licence was already suspended, you may face an even longer suspension period.
  • Jail time – In Queensland, driving without a licence carries a maximum 1 year jail sentence. This penalty typically only applies to repeat offenders or cases involving other serious offences, such a drink driving or dangerous driving.

If you’ve been charged with unlicensed driving, GC Traffic Lawyers can help you avoid a significant fine or prison sentence. You can rely on us to use our experience in these matters and expert knowledge of traffic law to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Unlicensed driving lawyers on the Gold Coast

If your job and lifestyle is at threat because you’ve been caught driving while disqualified or unlicensed, call GC Traffic Lawyers on 07 5528 6665. We can review the circumstances of your case and advise you on the best course of action.

If you’re worried about the costs involved with hiring a traffic lawyer, we offer a Money Back Guarantee. This arrangement involves sitting down at the start of the process and agreeing to your case’s ideal outcome. If we don’t achieve that outcome, you get your money back – it’s that simple.

Contact our offices on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane to speak with an expert traffic lawyer today and arrange a consultation.

Frequently asked questions

Q. I got caught driving unlicensed because I moved house and didn’t get documents in the post. Can I just plead ignorance?

  • GC Traffic Lawyers can review your case and circumstances to see what the possibilities are. We deal with cases involving unlicensed driving all the time and know what arguments are going to be compelling to a magistrate. If your unlicensed driving charge was the result of an unintentional mistake, allowing one of our lawyers to manage your case can improve your chances of avoiding a harsh penalty.

Q. What areas in Queensland do you service?

  • We mainly service the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the corridor in between. However, even if you live outside of these areas, we may still be able to help you. Feel free to give us a call from anywhere in Queensland. You can also visit our Areas We Service page for more information on where our traffic lawyers are based.

Q.Will I need to go to court for unlicensed driving?

  • If you’ve been charged with an offence related to driving without a valid license, there’s a distinct possibility your case will need to be dealt with by the courts. Having an experienced traffic lawyer by your side can make attending court much less daunting.

Being in trouble with the law is stressful enough, let alone having to go to court by yourself and stand in front of a magistrate to explain your situation. You may be nervous and unsure of how best to plead your case in order to achieve a positive outcome.

At GC Traffic Lawyers, we are specialists in traffic law. We attend court nearly every day and have represented clients in situations like yours many times. This means we have the experience and expertise required to persuade a magistrate that you’ve made an unintentional mistake.